Field Fix: Crews keep Balloon Fiesta Park safe, enjoyable


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – It’s a non-stop job every day at Balloon Fiesta, city crews quickly have to fix the field to get it ready for the next event. It’s a job that allows balloons to fly and crowds to enjoy the event.

For visitors, the size of Balloon Fiesta Park may be impressive, but for the City of Albuquerque, it’s a lot of work to make sure the field stays in tip-top condition.

“The grass tends to get into a little trenched area, and instead of keeping that grass underneath or putting dirt on top of the grass, what we tend to do is get these pitch forks and you’ll see that they’ll kind of bubble it up,” said Robert Sanchez of Parks and Recreation.

The constant truck traffic on the field makes it bumpy and because of this, the city wants to make sure it isn’t a safety issue for the tens of thousands of guests who hit the field every day.

“A lot of these areas could become a tripping hazard, and we don’t want to see that happen out here with the patrons especially when they’re out here and they’re looking up,” said Sanchez.

Crews roll out the field and water it daily. At more than 50 times the size of a football field, the work never stops to make sure as many balloons as possible can be on the field at once.

“One of the major things that we wanted to make sure for this year is that all flight areas are able to get up in the air and they’re able to utilize them,” said Sanchez.

It’s all part of an effort that keeps people coming back for Balloon Fiesta. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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